a. Memorex (www.memorex.com) debuted the Mega TravelDrive, the smallest portable USB hard drive available, offering shutterbugs everywhere the most bang for their portable-storage buck. Smaller than a two-inch square, the 8GB drive stores all kinds of digital files in one ultra-compact, sleek device. It features a pivoting USB connector that easily plugs into your computerís USB port on planes, trains, or anywhere space is tight, without requiring extra power supply.
b. Maxtor (www.maxtor.com) announced Maxtor OneTouch III Turbo Edition, a simple way to reap the benefits of RAID and back up/store photos, videos, games, music, business data, and personal information, even in the most demanding environments. With capacities up to one terabyte, the storage device integrates Maxtorís award-winning automated backup and restore capabilities for Mac and PC users. It also allows users to easily configure solutions in RAID 0, includes new software tools to synchronize data between two or more computers, and helps repair PC systems after a spyware or virus attack.
c. Lost Luggage (www.lost-luggage.com) unveiled its sexy new Looking Glass Portfolios. The portfolios feature an expandable screwpost binding system that has been reengineered in a unique design that incorporates the hinge inside the cover materials for a more elegant look. For a sleek industrial feel, choose from designer acrylics in clear or frosted green glass, or encapsulated gold or silver meshes. For a lush organic sensuality, fir or wenge wood, moss or jute leather, and blue or green felt are also available.
d. Meese Orbitron Dunne Co. (www.americanrotational.com) announced an upstanding new pedestal with a textured exterior that mimics the look of chiseled stone. The three-foot-high pedestal is lightweight and lends a decidedly upscale appearance to displays showcasing high-end products. Designed to replace the flimsy cardboard pedestals commonly used in retail merchandising and point-of-purchase displays, the durable structure is waterproof, weatherproof, and available in white, ivory, brownstone, sandstone, blackstone, millstone, and granite.
e. Canon (www.usa.canon.com) introduced its first HD video camera, the XL H1 high-definition (HD) camcorder. When paired with the optional 20x HD video zoom lens, the camcorder provides a low-cost 1080i resolution option for ENG, documentary or reality TV production. Other appealing features include extensive Cine controls, a 24 frame-rate option, uncompressed digital HD-SDI output, a Genlock feature to easily synchronize camera settings across multiple camcorders, and SMPTE time codes in and out.
f. OtterBox (www.otterbox.com) plans to ruggedize your notebook for work or play with its new protective Notebook case. Available in three sizes, the case provides innovative water, dust, and drop protection to keep notebooks safe in even the most harsh environment. With a virtually indestructible polypropylene shell, custom shock-absorbing bumpers on the inside, and a quick release strap for easy laptop removal, the case is the total package.